Relax the Saranac Lake way with a mix of spa delights, nature retreats, and secret spots for well-deserved R&R.

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Relax the Saranac Lake way with a mix of spa delights, nature retreats, and secret spots for well-deserved R&R.

Find a Spa Treatment to Fit Your Saranac Lake Adventure

Located in the historic retail arcade that makes up Hotel Saranac’s ground floor, Ampersand Day Spa has the cure to what ails you – whether that’s sore muscles after a day spent skiing or sunburn from a several-mile paddle. Signature treatments utilize Red Flower products, a holistic all-natural spa line that could’ve been invented just for this site in Adirondacks with ingredients like pine, birch, and cardamom.

Meditate in Nature in Many Unique Ways

In Saranac Lake, the road to wellness doesn’t often include any roads at all, but total immersion in the woods and wilds of the region. And thanks to yoga sessions with wolves (!) and massage treatments in the middle of a lake, the meditative offerings go well beyond the four walls of a studio.

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Stroll Saranac Lake Riverwalk

After a century of being relegated to the village’s “backyard,” the lovely Saranac River that weaves throughout town was finally brought to the forefront in the early 2000s, thanks to the construction of a 1.5-mile-long paved multi-use path. Hugging the riverside from Main to Church Street, the trail is lined with interpretive signs detailing Saranac Lake history, benches for soaking in the scenes, and quaint pedestrian bridges were you can watch the rush of water from above.

Picnic at One of 10 Town Parks

For a small village, Saranac Lake has quite the expansive park system: Some 10 parks punctuate town, including everything from the larger Berkley Green and Riverside Park to the hushed small green spaces of The Herb Garden and Vest Pocket Park. If there is one most worthy of your visit, we recommend William Morris Park, where a 3,600-square-foot pavilion houses an old-fashioned carousel, featuring 24 carved animals indigenous to the region and built by the hands of community volunteers in 2012.

Take a Scenic Fall Foliage Drive down Route 3

Make your way from one pristine lake to another on this one-hour drive from Saranac Lake to Cranberry Lake. Not only will you see the most fiery of fall foliage within the rolling mountainscape, but this hidden gem of a drive has the bonus guarantee that you’ll never get lost – you just stay on Route 3 heading west the entire way.

Wake up Early to See the Sunrise behind the Mountains

You don’t have to rise early and hike a High Peak to get an amazing view of sunrise. Go ahead and snooze that alarm until about 6 a.m., then head to Hotel Saranac’s spacious and stylish second-floor terrace to take in the sun rising behind the surrounding Adirondack mountains over a cup of coffee. Staying on the uppermost fifth or six floors? You also get the best vantage of seeing the sun ascend over Lake Flower.